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Artist Thu Apr 15 2010

The Booze Know What's Cool

the booze bw.jpgWith a name like The Booze, you'd think they'd be a kitschy bar band singing about getting drunk with your buds down at the local watering hole, but this Atlanta group has a completely different kind of kitsch going on. Sounding like they fell straight out of the 1960's, they've got some super catchy, sunny mod pop with a touch of bluesy grit that will elicit visions somewhere between Animal House frat parties and Enchantment Under the Sea dances. With "No Big Thing" falling in the former category and "Lonely Lowdown Blues" in the latter, the tune "Queensborough Blues" has the perfect mix of both, including some guitar riffs that will make even fans of The Black Keys take notice. While their earlier stuff could be called a little more Chuck Berry, their newest album, Rebirth of the Cool, has been said to lean more Yardbirds.

If you missed The Booze earlier in the month when they played Angels & Kings and SubT, you're in luck because they open for OK Go this Saturday at Metro (3730 N. Clark St.). Hopefully you've already got your hands on tickets though, because as of this morning, it's sold out. The show is an all ages one, so it starts early--we're talking doors at 6, show at 6:30--but the short answer to whether you should bother getting there on time for those openers is yes.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
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Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
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Chicago Singles Club
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Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
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Fake Shore Drive
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The Hood Internet
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Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
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Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
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Sound Opinions
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Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
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Empty Bottle
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Honky Tonk BBQ
House of Blues
Kingston Mines
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Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
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Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
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Drag City
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Groove Distribution
He Who Corrupts
Jam Productions
Jazz Record Mart
Kranky Records
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Minty Fresh
Numero Group
mP Shows
Permanent Records
Reckless Records
Smog Veil Records
Southport & Northport Records
Thick Records
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